We clearly see in early bible history and in early church history the truth that the N.T. is one of suffering, it is a suffering gospel, no escapism theology, not for the first Church, nor the end time Church. The O.T. promises can be claimed to a degree, but many are not all covering , as we are in a new covenant. Like PS 91, one of the best psalms, the fox hole prayer it is called, as in war time, many in Fox holes would read it and get comfort in it, but many reading it did die. In war there is death, in the end times there will be death and Christian persecution as mentioned before. Take a look at what was, and what to expect below, as this will be a prat of any true ordained end time ministry.
2Co 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
2 Corinthians 6:4
But in everything commending ourselves (all' en panti sunistanontes heautous). Paul gives a marvellous summary of his argument about the dignity and glory of ministers of Christ as ministers of God (hōs theou diakonoi) under three aspects, the first with in (en) 2Co_6:3-7, the second with by (dia) 2Co_6:7, 2Co_6:8, the third with as (hōs) 2Co_6:9-10. The negative view with en we have in 2Co_6:3, then the positive in 2Co_6:4-7. Each word carries a story that can be filled in from Paul’s own life as a preacher with an echo in that of us all.
In distresses (en stenochōriais). In tight places (2Co_12:10). Late word from stenochōreō (see note on 2Co_4:8).
2Co 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
2Co 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
2Co 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
2Co 6:8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
2Co 6:9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
2Co 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Now, this is a truth, but also we have the possibility for a remnant, those not killed in judgments, a tenth perhaps, where, when I do not know, but a remnant will always be left , always.
I did a three part series called, ' The coming second Exodus" and a short sermon by the same name. In this revelation I saw the manna falling, water from a rock. I have seen this in an open vision in my own little area, right where our end time ministry is located in the barren desert, I saw this four years ago, I have spoken of it, wrote on it and I can only say what I have seen in the coming second exodus, like the end time ministry, again what happened in the first exodus, we must think on, to see what COULD happen in areas that will have a holy remnant going into a new second Exodus.
Manna from heaven, water from a rock, the lord divine presence in the glory, Kabod mostly of his presence, the cloths that never ware out, no illness, and such, as we read in Ps 91, they are one and the same, in promises. The divine protection , the divine guidance, the pillar of fire by night, and the cloud by day, these could be, at least in spirit, in different ways just what will happen we will see. I know in this are it will be so, I know that I know.
The PS talk about water for his people, food in famine, deliverance by the lord presence. In Isa we read of the seven tree prophecy, also on the main ministry site. This is something coming, something that has not happened yet, a creative act the lord will do, and the only one of its kind since the Genesis creation, see that message. The 7 tree prophecy, teaching, and the true end time revelation and lit. truth concerning these trees being created instantly and out of nowhere and all men will see it and know it was the lord who did it. The coming New thing the lord said he would do, yet to come, he will make the desert a spring of water, standing pools of water, and 4 trees in the barren desert and three mention in the wilderness. Wilderness in Heb in this portion means desert, desert means extreme desolate place, uninhabitable at present.
Yermo , where we are, comes from the Spanish word, Uninhabitable, desert, waist land, and now it is. Only modern technology has made this barren place habitable. I often think of the cowboy days, the movies of the wild west, many were in barren places, esp. ones coming from the east cost to the wild west, so they could stake their claim as promised by the government, to get people to come out west. They had no refrigerators, no running water, hand pumped water, no nothing, no electricity, not at first. So if the frontiers can do it, why cant we? The native American Indians, no matter where you live in America, there was once native American Indians, they lived, they thrived and with nothing but hand tools and knowledge, they all did not die, so why should we.
Eskimo in the remote wilderness, extreme cold, igloos, they made it, why cant we, see my point. A end time ministry, an end time people, must learn to adapt to their area, surroundings, its all about adapting, and looking to the lord # 1 for grace and mercy, wile we learn to live with out the things we are now used to, for in the end time ministry, these ill all be gone.
Herbal knowledge is important, know healing herbal medications, it was the old time medicine and as a Herbalist, I know a lot about herbs, and medicine. We however do not have wild vegetation, leaves, herbs to forage here, but I do have heirloom herbal seeds and a green house, and the knowledge of the growth, cultivation and use of them.
Sanitation in an end time ministry-community will be the number one problem, did you know that, study sanitation, keeping clean, what do you do when viruses come, cleanness truly is close to godliness as it will be a matter of life and death, at the least great discomfort with out keeping everything clean, out houses, bucket bathrooms, water areas, hair, skin, sanitation can not be over looked as well as foraging and knowing what plants you can eat, what plants are for medication, and basic survival skills.
This is not taking our lords miracles out of the equation, not at all, I have never had blind faith, I have always used prayer and medicine, have a head ache? you take aspirin, now white willow bark, see what I mean, we are not word of faith, if your not healed you lack faith, this is not bible. Luke the physician was with Paul who had an eye problem, and naturally kept Paul going with balms, herbal medicine no doubt.
We will have a mix of unexplainable miracles and God given knowledge on what to do to survive, in a world with out power, but still with the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is up to you reader, today, if you have not been doing so, to learn basic survival things, On the main ministry site I have a link to over 100 survival books, some show guns I do not endorse this and a few other books I do not endorse making explosives, man traps and such, over look those, it has much on medical, dental, survival, there are limitless You tube videos on any issue you may need to know about, these books, and Vids is how I learned and so can you, but I would make it quick.
There are many great O.T. bible promises, I want to end this short chapter with some promises for you to memorize, mark in your bible and stand on in the coming days just around the bend.
Psa 21:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Psa 21:2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
Psa 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
Psa 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
Psa 31:8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
Psa 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Psa 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Psa 31:21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
Psa 31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
Psa 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
Psa 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Psa 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psa 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psa 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
Psa 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.